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Case study: Landscape level assessment of key biodiversity vulnerability and landuse in the Central Namib, Namibia

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Spatial landscape level assessment and planning employs a systematic, evidence based approach to balance ecological, socio-cultural and economic activities within the landscape. 

The landscape assessment for the Central Namib aimed to strengthen the information base for biodiversity patterns, ecological processes and socioeconomic values across the Central Namib so that more informed decisions about development, that take into account environmental, social and economic considerations, can be made. 

The purpose of the assessment was therefore to: 
• Capture key biodiversity patterns and ecological processes that characterise the Central Namib; 
• Establish their current status and value for contributing towards conservation goals; 
• Determine the socioeconomic values of natural assets across the landscape; 
• Understand vulnerabilities of biodiversity and ecological processes to emerging threats. 
• Assess potential implications of current and future developments (mainly mining) on biodiversity persistence and other landuses. 

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